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8.40am That's it from us this morning. Thanks for stopping by, we'll be back tomorrow from 6am. 

8.30am Papergirl Wollongong is looking for interns for its 2014 art drop. The gals will ride bikes through Viva La Gong November 7-, donating art to passers-by. 

8.25am Detectives investigating the shooting death of murdered Sydney father John Gasovski are appealing to members of the public who may have seen him in the hours before his death on June 9, 2014. Crime Stoppers:1800 333 000 

8.20am "Can't we just leave Game of Thrones as a television show and not plaster everything in sight with those three little words while they are still a little mesmerising?" writes Peter Vincent in Why winter is coming to Game of Thrones' cool factor.

8.15am Illawarra Catholic school teachers will strike on Thursday morning to draw attention to their negotiations with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations.Teachers are expected to return to class at about noon.

8.10am GALLERY Some of Melbourne's best street art.

8.05am  Alana Goldsmith, 23, killed herself at Summer Hill railway station on July 22, 2011 while suffering anorexia nervosa, Glebe Coroner's Court has found.

8am Good morning, if you're just joining us. A quick update: 

WEATHER We’re in for a cloudy morning with areas of rain, clearing to a mostly sunny afternoon. Winds tending westerly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day. Maximum 17. Right now it's 10 at Albion Park, 13 at Bellambi and12 at Kiama.

ROADS Scheduled works continue at Mount Keira Road, the Picton Road Northbound on-ramp, the Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong and on Wollongong’s Keira Street; otherwise roads are clear.

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line

7.50am This saucy pic just in from Albion Park Hockeyroo Kieran Govers. Must be the modern, social media equivalent of the nude sporting calendar. 

7.45am Hawks captain Oscar Forman has launched a new course at UOW, an international bachelor of science degree - sport and movement science.

7.40am CELEB GOSS Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and True Blood's Joe Manganiello are a hot new couple and a "genetic explosion", according to the glossies.

7.35am SPORT Uh-oh, Wayne Bennett. The NRL is considering a cap on football department spending, which could limit what clubs can spend on big-name coaches. St George Illawarra is reportedly preparing to offer the supercoach a $3 million, three-year deal.

7.30am CELEB NEWS Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel has sparked a storm of criticism on social media by posting a photo of herself wearing her four-year-old daughter’s pyjamas. The "cocktail maven" seems to have taken it in her stilettoed stride though, judging by her witty comebacks.

7.25am Local band Jenny Broke the Window have premiered a new track, We Could've Done this Grant.

7.20am A truck has gone into a tree at Nowra. 

7.15am Media overload is the inspiration for Bombarded, an impressive new exhibition by Mount St Thomas artist Jasmin Carter at Wollongong City Gallery.

7.10am Papua New Guinean police are yet to interview any suspects for the murder of Reza Barati in the offshore processing centre on Manus Island, more than five months after his death.

7.05am Gerard Baden-Clay's mistress Toni McHugh has told 60 Minutes she thought the two would get married.

7am Good morning, if you're just joining us. A quick update: 

WEATHER We’re in for a cloudy morning with areas of rain, clearing to a mostly sunny afternoon. Winds tending westerly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day. Maximum 17. Right now it's 10 at Albion Park, 14 at Bellambi and12 at Kiama.

ROADS Scheduled works continue at Mount Keira Road, the Picton Road Northbound on-ramp, the Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong and on Wollongong’s Keira Street; otherwise roads are clear.

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line.

6.55am WORLD NEWS At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a Moscow underground train derailed during the morning rush hour, this morning. 

6.50am The Port Kembla Community Centre funeral concept is in danger of folding before it has begun, with a crowdfunding campaign falling $80,000 short of the $199,000 target on the final day of donations, today. The idea was the subject of a beautiful recent documentary on the ABC, called Tender. You can still donate here.

6.45am Audio of a triple-zero phone call made minutes after Brian Fitzpatrick allegedly received a death threat from a union colleague was among fresh evidence submitted to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. The SMH has the story.

6.40am WORLD CUP Hundreds of thousands of people have packed the streets of Berlin to welcome home Germany's World Cup-winning sportsmen.

6.35am Check out our video/story on seven-year-old artist Aiden Campbell, the Jackson Pollock of Towradgi. What a cutie!

6.30am Tributes are flowing in for Deadly awards founder Gavin Jones, who was found dead at his Goulburn home on Saturday.

6.25am FLASHBACK Look how nice - and busy - Wollongong's main drag looked back in the early 1970s. SOURCE: Lost Wollongong.

6.20am "You asked for my daughter's hand in marriage and I consented and gave my permission, but I didn't give you permission to betray her." Allison Baden-Clay's father Geoff Dickie has told Brisband's Supreme Court he rued the day he gave permission for Gerard Baden-Clay to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage. Baden-Clay was yesterday found guilty of killing his wife, after 18 months of legal proceedings.

6.15am Regarding the crossword ... a message to our readers. 

6.10am After reports their relationship was on the rocks, 25-year-old US model Gabi Grecko has announced she and her 71-year-old boyfriend Geoffrey Edelsten are to marry.

6.05am The Australian newspaper has celebrated 50 years in print with a gala dinner.

6.01am Let’s take a look at what’s making news locally today.

* Construction of a $6.7 million ambulatory care unit - complete with multipurpose gym and additional consultation rooms - will begin at Shellharbour Hospital in the coming weeks.

* Helensburgh man Edward Blackwell has appeared before court charged with attacking a man in in a seemingly unprovoked incident at an area pub. 

* A new bridge opened on Cleveland Road Tuesday, smoothing the way for long-suffering Horsley and West Dapto residents.

* Police have released two images of Woonona murder victim Valmai Jane Birch in a bid to jog the memories of anyone who may have seen the 34-year-old mother in the lead-up to her death in March 2011.

6am Good morning Illawarra, and welcome to this Wednesday, July 16.

WEATHER We’re in for a cloudy morning with areas of rain, clearing to a mostly sunny afternoon. Winds tending westerly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day. Maximum 17.

ROADS There is debris - a lounge - affecting southbound traffic on Five Islands Road at Spring Hill.

Scheduled works continue at Mount Keira Road, the Picton Road Northbound on-ramp, the Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong and on Wollongong’s Keira Street; otherwise roads are clear.

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line.

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